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Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen
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Living In: Canton, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I am a 40-something mother of 3. My husband and I are almost empty-nesters. I am trying to prepare more interesting dinners, since college tuition is making it tough to fit restaurant meals into our budget.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, stews, anything slow cooked. Any dish where garlic is more an ingredient than a spice. Anything chocolate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Christmas cookies with my kids. My dad making arroz con pollo for neighborhood gatherings. My Mom serving hot chocolate to all the neighborhood kids who skated on our pond. Making suausage biscuits and gravy for a special birthday breakfast for each of us.
My cooking triumphs
My triumphs are mundane, but fairly frequent, like having family thank me for a good meal.
My cooking tragedies
Meatloaf. I put it on the table for my (then) newlywed husband, and he refused to eat it. I argued that it was not very tasty, but it was edible. He again refused. The exchanged ended with "FINE" (which means everything but fine) "you can take me out to dinner". I was paying so much attention to the chip on my shoulder as we left, that I forgot to put the meatloaf away. While were we out, the dog pulled the meatloaf off the table....AND DIDN'T EAT IT. That was 23 years ago - my husband and I still laugh about it.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole
This is wonderful, and is a very versatile recipe. I was looking for something I could make from ingredients on hand, used regular cabbage instead of savoy, no parsnip - so I shredded up some of the cabbage, no Italian dressing - I used italian spices instead. I went light on the cheese, to keep calories down. This dish had a real comfort food feel, like lasagne, but with more veggies. My husband loved it.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2012
Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Peppers
Awesome recipe! Per other reviewers, I left out the cheese. I ended up changing up the veggies based on what I had on hand (1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, yellow sauash, zuchini and onions). I will make again with whatever is fresh, the spices and texture would go well with a wide range of vegetables.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2011
Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes
For years I have struggled to make pancakes that cook through and don't burn. These are the best I've ever made. I think its because they don't have added sugar - your syrup or topping makes them sweet. (BTW - I agree with other reviewers about not using all the salt). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

22 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 20, 2010

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